Writing with a view

Elyssa Shalla, National Park Ranger and typewriter enthusiast, placed a vintage typewriter six miles into the Grand Canyon for several days, inviting hikers to record what that moment meant to them. Seventy-six hikers typed notes. Some reported their condition. Many wrote love letters to the Canyon. One reported a marriage proposal and its acceptance.

Elyssa said, “We need to provide more opportunities to give people the chance to stop and think and feel at the same time and then give them a platform to share their experiences,” she says. “That’s one of the greatest things we could do in our national parks.”

Her pop-up project was temporary. You’ll need to pack in your own writing instrument–paper or electronic.

Enjoy the NPR interview and her site, with the typewritten notes.

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